Banned Books Week 2010 - Affiliate Events


Saturday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m.
MADCAP Theatre, 730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe
Marking the start of National Banned Books Week, the ACLU of Arizona and Bookmans will host a free movie night aimed at highlighting the importance of free speech and the dangers of censorship. Michael Lacey, founder of New Times and executive editor of Village Voice Media, will introduce the Monty Python film "The Life of Brian," which depicts the trials of a man born on the same day as - and next door to - Jesus Christ. When it was released in 1979, the movie was banned in several countries and prompted protests by religious groups throughout the U.S.

Banned Books Week Discounts
Saturday 9/25 through 10/2
Tattered Cover Book Store
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-322-1965 ext.2731,
During the week, our TCGB members will receive 20% off any ONE book. And, for every purchase they make, their normal 1% will go to the nonprofit they've chosen, and another 1% will to the ACLU in honor of Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Readout
Thursday, September 30, 6 p.m. 
Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St. Hartford, CT
This event is supported by The ACLU-CT, Hartford Public Library, A Better Way Foundation, League of Women Voters of CT, Hartford 2000, Connecticut Library Association and Co-opportunity
The event will feature prominent members of the community reading passages from banned books. This year the readers are:
Mayor Pedro Segarra, Mayor of Hartford
William Clement, Mark Twain impersonator
John Motley, civic leader and chair of the Hartford School Builders Committee
Marion Amodeo, Chief Public Services Officer at Hartford Public Library
Rich Coppola, sportscaster at FOX 61
Patricia Williams, Upper Albany Neighborhood Collaborative

First Amendment Rock Off
October 1, 9 p.m. 
Black-Eyed Sallys, 350 Asylum St. Hartford, CT
The ACLU-CT will host the 3rd Annual First Amendment Rock Off, dedicated to the music of artists who refused to let authorities dictate their art. It will feature a live performance of music that has been censored throughout the United States at some time within the last 50 years. Tickets may be reserved in advance for $5, 860-523-9146 ext. 213 or cost $10 at the door.

Voices in Conflict Film Screening
September 25, 2 p.m.
Ferguson Library, 96 Broad St., Stamford
The Fairfield County Chapter of the ACLU-CT is sponsoring a screening of "Voices in Conflict", a docudrama based on the experiences of Wilton High School students who developed an original play about the Iraq war. The play was initially banned by the school principal, but later was allowed to be presented without school sponsorship. The screening will be followed by a discussion of censorship at the state and country-wide levels.

Celebrating the Freedom to Read
(For Teens and Adults)
Wednesday, September 29, 7pm.
Boise Public Library (Cole & Ustick)
in the Sagebrush Room
Speaker: Monica Hopkins, Executive Director of the ACLU of Idaho

New Orleans
Banned Books New Orleans
Sunday, September 19, 2:00 p.m.,
Bridge Lounge, 1201 Magazine St.
Free Admission; cash bar & menu available. Banned Books New Orleans is presented by the ACLU of Louisiana, the New Orleans Public Library, the Gulf South Booksellers Association and Bridge Lounge.

Banned Books Shreveport
The first-ever Banned Books event in Shreveport is now being planned for some time in October! Details will be announced shortly. Email Steven to be part of Shreveport's Banned Books.

Banned Books Thibodaux
Saturday, October 2, 2:00 p.m.
Thibodaux Branch Library, 314 St. Mary St.
Call Julie at Louisiana ACLU at 504/522-0628 for more information.

ACLU of Michigan Lansing Branch Banned Books Week Celebration
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7 pm
Everybody Reads Bookstore
2019 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing

ACLU of Michigan Southwestern Branch
Art Hop and Banned Books Week Celebration
Kalamazoo Public Library
315 S. Rose Street, 5 p.m.

Too Dangerous for the Big Sky?
These events cover book banning and challenges in Montana and across the nation. Everyone who attends gets one of our "Too Dangerous for the Big Sky?" posters.

Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
MSU-Billings Library

Friday, Oct. 1, noon
Selover Room of the Bair Family Student Center
Rocky Mountain College

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m.
Lewis and Clark Public Library

The ACLU of Nevada is hosting two events during Banned Books week. For more information:

Las Vegas
Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom
Thursday, September 30 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV
Reception at 7PM, Program at 7:30PM
Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.
Hosted by local journalist and TV host Jon Ralston, Uncensored Voices: Celebrating Literary Freedom will feature dynamic readings by local authors and community leaders of frequently challenged works. Co-sponsored by the ACLU of Nevada, the Vegas Valley Book Festival, the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, and the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV.

I Read Banned Books
Wednesday, September 29, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Rotunda of the Knowledge Center at UNR
Free and Open to the Public. Refreshments provided. At "I Read Banned Books," community leaders will share a dynamic excerpt from their favorite banned books. Co-sponsored by the ACLU of Nevada and UNR Creative Writing Club.

NYCLU Events

The Albany Law School Civil Liberties Union Banned Book Café Night
Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
80 New Scotland Ave., East Foyer
Students, faculty and the public are welcome to select from books that will be on display and read out to the audience. Light refreshments will be served.

NYCLU Capital Region Chapter Banned Books Week "Read Out"
Saturday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Upstate Artists Guild Gallery located at 247 Lark Street.  
Featuring several locally notable people reading excerpts from their favorite banned book, poem or song. Each year this event brings together well known local writers and media personalities to read from their favorite banned and challenged books. This year's roster includes: Frankie Bailey, author of mystery novels and non-fiction histories, including Wicked Albany: Lawlessness and Liquor in the Prohibition Era; Diane Cameron, Albany writer and teacher whose columns appear in the Times Union; Joe Donahue, host of WAMC's Roundtable program; Libby Post, founding chair of the Empire State Pride Agenda and frequent media commentator; and Dan Wilcox, poet and peace activist who has hosted regular "open mic" poetry events at the Social Justice Center since 1997.

NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley Chapter Banned Books Week Forum
Wednesday, Sept. 29
Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Road in Elmsford
Celebrating the freedom of thought and expression.The forum, which is free and open to the public, will feature readings from books that have been censored or challenged. It will also include a discussion of why books are challenged and the importance of free expression. For more information, contact Chapter Director Linda Berns at 914.997.7479 or

NYCLU Capital Region Chapter Banned Books Week
Wednesday, Sept. 29
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland
Featuring a talk by best-selling young adult author Lauren Myracle.Myracle, who has authored more than a dozen young adult novels, and is no stranger to censorship. Her novels ttfn and ttyl have been challenged as recently as last year. She will visit us via a Skype audio-visual connection and will speak about her experiences with censorship. She'll also join other guests in reading excerpts from banned or challenged books. This event is free and open to the public. The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Ave. in Guilderland.

Mt. Vernon
NYCLU Lower Hudson Valley Chapter Banned Books Week Forum
Monday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Mount Vernon Public Library, 28 South First St., Mount Vernon
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature readings from books that have been censored or challenged. Participants will be invited to share reading from their favorite banned or challenged book.

NYCLU Capital Region Chapter Banned Book Readout
Friday Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
260 Broadway, at the corner of Third and Broadway.
The event, part of Troy Night Out, will feature several locally notable people reading excerpts from their favorite banned book, poem or song.

Banned Book Reading Marathon
Thursday, October 7, 10am – 4pm
Utica College – Stebel Student Center
Now in its 10th year, this event is organized by the Journalism Program at UC and co-sponsored by NYCLU.

Eugene Banned Books Read-Out
Saturday, September 25, noon - 2 p.m.
Eugene Public Library
100 W 10th Avenue, Eugene
Co-hosted by Eugene Public Library and the Lane County Chapter of the ACLU of Oregon.

Ashland Banned Books Read-Out
Saturday, September 25, 1 - 3 p.m.
Jackson County Library Services Ashland Branch
410 Siskyou Boulevard, Ashland
Co-hosted by Jackson County Library Services Ashland Branch and the Southern Oregon Chapter of the ACLU of Oregon.

Springfield Banned Books Read-Out
Saturday, October 2, 2 - 4 p.m.
Springfield Public Library
225 5th Street, Springfield
Co-hosted by Springfield Public Library and the Lane County Chapter of the ACLU of Oregon.

Uncensored Celebration
Wednesday, September 29, 7 p.m. - midnight
Holocene (21+)
SE 10th Avenue & Morrison, Portland
$5 in advance / $7 at the door (Purchase tickets online >>)
Join the ACLU of Oregon for this annual celebration of freedom of expression. The evening begins with the uncensored words of:

  • David Agranoff, author
  • Jil Freeman, Communications instructor at Portland State University
  • Kevin Sampsell, author
  • Tom Spanbauer, author
  • Andi Zeisler, Co-Founder of Bitch Magazine

Afterwards, there will dancing and live music with:

  • DJ Anjali
  • The Angry Orts
  • Lifesavas

Banned Books and Intellectual Freedom
Monday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.
Midland Regional Library
805 SE 122nd, Portland
ACLU of Oregon board member Candace Morgan will lead a discussion on the First Amendment and Oregon's free expression provision that protects speech from government suppression. This event is free and open to the public.

Books Behind Bars: Banned Brilliance of African American Authors
American society ignores the incarceration system, refusing to acknowledge, confront or address problems that lead to the disproportional representation of African Americans in prisons. We are so reluctant to address incarceration issues that we ban books that talk about race and incarceration, particularly those written by African Americans, from library shelves, bookstores and classrooms. This program weaves together facts about Ohio's justice system with readings from literary works which discuss incarceration and were written by African American authors.

Wednesday, September 29, 6:30 pm
Karamu House
2355 East 89th St.
For more information or to RSVP, please call (216) 472-2200 or e-mail
Sponsored by The ACLU of Ohio and Karamu House. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

Books Behind Bars: Banned Brilliance of African American Authors
Thursday. September 30, 7:00 pm
King Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Ave.
For more information or to RSVP, please call (216) 472-2200 or e-mail
Sponsored by the ACLU of Ohio, the King Arts Complex, and the OSU Department of African American and African Studies Community Extension Center. This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

Banned Books Readings
Wednesday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Free Library, Central Branch, Auditorium
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia

  • Greg Frost, author
  • Merrie Jones, author
  • Louis Massiah, executive director, Scribe Video Center
  • Susana Mayer, Erotic Literary Salon
  • Edward Pettit, Edgar Allan Poe impersonator
  • Wesley Stace, author (a.k.a. singer John Wesley Harding)
  • Dennis Tafoya, author

Emceed by musician and performance poet Lamont Dixon.

Monday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Frick Fine Arts Building, Schenley Plaza, Oakland, Pittsburgh
(across from the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall)

  • Amish Monkeys, improv comedy troupe
  • Karla Boos, Artistic Director, Quantum Theatre
  • Highway Puppets, Flora Shepherd and Mike Cuccaro
  • Larry John Meyers, celebrated local actor
  • Temujin the Storyteller
  • Joe Wos, Director, Pittsburgh Toonseum

This year, the event broadens its view of artistic freedoms to include a "Banned Songs Sing-Along," featuring songs and musicians that have been banned or challenged. Honoring Judith Fingeret Krug, founder of Banned Books Week.

Banned Books Readings
September 25, 8:00 p.m.
Insomniak Theatre, 60 South Main Street, Nazareth, PA
Tickets: $15 (proceeds will benefit the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Nazareth Memorial Library) To order your tickets, please call the library at (610) 759-7000 and leave a message. Your reservation will be recorded.

Rhode Island Events

Banned Books Week
Friday, Sept. 24, 5-7 pm
The Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit St., Providence
To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, and more titles. Adam Braver, Thomas Cobb, Rosemary Mahoney, Stephen O'Shea, Mike Stanton, Ted Widmer

Banned Books Week
Friday, Sept. 25, 2-4 pm
Knight memorial Library
275 Elmwood Ave., Providence
Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte's Web, and other children's books. Natalie Babbitt, Mary Jane Begin, Anika Denise, Janet Taylor Lisle, Naomi Zucker
Texas Events

Corpus Christi
Readings of Banned Books
Saturday, Sept. 25, 4:30 p.m.
Half Priced Books, 5425 South Padre Island Drive
Celebrity readers will include Reverend Phil Douglas of the Unitarian Universalist Church and Leanne Libby, columnist for the Caller-Times.

Houston Chapter Banned Books Event
Saturday, Oct. 2, 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Central Library, 500 McKinney,
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Banned Books Discussion: J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye
12 p.m. - 3 p.m. 2nd Annual Banned Books Readout Celebrate your freedom to read with local educators, poets, authors, avid readers and more join members of the Houston Chapter of the ACLU of Texas and staff of the Houston Public Library to read passages from your favorite banned books.
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Banned Books Movie: James and the Giant Peach A special presentation of the film based on Ronald Dahl's classic book. Directed by Tim Burton. Rated PG.

San Antonio
Readings and Discussions
Thursday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.
Central Library Gallery, 600 Soledad St. (Downtown)
Dotty Griffith, Director of Public Education for the ACLU of Texas will discuss 2010 Banned Books Report and the continuing impact of To Kill a Mockingbird 50 years later.

Lighting a Match: Destruction and Enlightenment through Ages of Intolerance
Banned Books Week Opening Reception & Panel Discussion
Thursday, Sep 30 - 7:00PM to 8:00PM
Utah State University
Merrill-Cazier Library
Karen McCreary, Executive director of the ACLU of Utah, will participate in a panel discussion including academic, public and children's librarians as well as representatives from the press. The panelists will discuss First Amendment Rights, censorship, the Patriot Act and banned and/or challenged books. The discussion will also include reasons why free and open access to information is critical to a democracy.

Evening Without
Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro.
The free program is in collaboration with the Brattleboro Literary Festival and is co-sponsored by the Vermont Library Association. (View a flyer on the event. View the "Evening Without" page on the Brattleboro Literary Festival Web site.) Well-known Vermont authors will read passages from books targeted by censors.

  • Jerry Carbone of Brattleboro is the director of Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro .
  • Jon Clinch of Plymouth is the author of two acclaimed novels, Finn and The Kings of the Earth.
  • Joni B. Cole of White River Junction is the author of several non-fiction books and co-founder of the Writer's Center in White River Junction.
  • Castle Freeman of Newfane is a writer who has published four acclaimed novels, a book of short stories, and a collection of essays.
  • Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina of East Thetford is the author of seven books, including her latest, Mr. and Mrs. Prince, and hosts The Book Show, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program.
  • Karen Hesse of Brattleboro is the Newbery Award-winning author of 22 books for young readers.
  • Suzanne Kingsbury of Brattleboro is the author of three novels, two of which have been optioned for film.

I Read Banned Books
Thursday, Sept. 30 - 7:00-8:30 p.m.
King's Books
218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma
As part of the annual Banned Books Week, you are invited to join the ACLu-WA Pierce County Chapter in celebrating the freedom to read. Laura Ferri from Book-It Repertory Theatre will lead an interactive discussion on freedom of expression and fighting censorship. This event is free and open to the public.

Happy Hour: Banned Books Week Kick-off
October 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mickey's Tavern, 1524 Williamson St., Madison
A part of the Wisconsin Book Festival's line up, this celebration of the right to read will bring together readers, librarians and book defenders to socialize and hear some of the stories behind the most challenged books in Wisconsin and across the country this year. Join us for this free, fun event. RSVP for the event on Facebook and invite your friends.

Banned Book Reading
October 1, 2010, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. program  
Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust St., Milwaukee
Join the ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation, Woodland Pattern Book Center, the Wisconsin Center for the Book and Art Night Books for a reading of challenged or banned works of art. Readers will be announced soon. To co-sponsor the event or to donate funds to help provide food and beverages, contact or call (414) 272-4032 x 11. To see pictures of last year's event, visit our blog.

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